Leduc County

Safety codes permits and inspections

Leduc County employs a team of qualified, certified safety codes officers in the building, electrical, plumbing, and gas disciplines as well as qualified permit issuers. In addition to conducting inspections and issuing permits, safety codes officers also perform investigations of non compliance, fires, building failures and rental accommodations in conjunction with provincial departments.

The Leduc County Safety Codes team supports economic viability that promotes and sustains Leduc County as a safe and desirable place to live, work and play and as a strong community in Alberta.

Leduc County Safety Codes Officers monitor and enforce compliance with provincial codes and regulations, which set the minimum acceptable level of safety for construction and installations in Alberta to protect public health and safety as it relates to construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.

Leduc County is accredited by the Alberta Safety Codes Council. Leduc County has issued permits and conducted inspections in the building discipline since 1992 and in the electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage disposal disciplines since 2000.

Safety codes permits and inspections process

Leduc County employs safety codes officers certified in the building, electrical, plumbing, and gas disciplines, as well as has qualified permit issuers on staff. A safety codes permit is required prior to the commencement of work; failure to obtain a required permit prior to commencing work may result in double permit fees being charged.

Application

See below for a listing of safety codes permits. If you are unsure if your project requires a permit or if you'd like more information, please contact Leduc County's Planning and Development department.

View/download brochures by the Safety Codes Council

View/download brochures by Municipal Affairs

Fees

Fees are detailed in Leduc County's Fees and Charges bylaw, which is updated annually.

Permit issuance

A building permit is issued when the application and proposed construction plans are deemed complete, comply with the Alberta Building Code and are accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Electrical, plumbing and gas permits are issued when the permit applications are deemed to be complete, meet the requirements of the Safety Codes Act and are accompanied by the appropriate fee.

A private sewage permit is issued when the permit application, with proposed designs, is deemed to be complete, meets the requirements of the Safety Codes Act and is accompanied by the appropriate fee.

A safety codes permit must be issued prior to the commencement of construction. The issuance of a safety codes permit allows a safety codes officer to monitor construction for compliance with the Alberta Building Code; this monitoring process provides the applicant with the officer's observations noted during inspections and any required corrections.

Inspection

Applicants are required to contact Leduc County at least 48 hours in advance of work being covered in order to schedule an inspection. If work is covered prior to receiving an inspection, a safety codes officer may ask that the work be uncovered to facilitate an inspection.

Request an inspection

Note: Owners, designers, manufacturers, contractors and vendors must ensure that all construction materials and equipment that require certification bear certification marks acceptable in Alberta.

Building Permits

A building permit is required for the construction, alteration, installation, repair, relocation, demolition or change in occupancy or to any work to which the Alberta Building Code applies. Projects requiring a permit include the construction, renovation or relocation of a building (mobile or modular home) or an addition to a building, converting a building from one use to another, installing a wood or pellet stove, renovating the interior of a structure, repairing or restoring a building or constructing a deck.

A building permit is not required for construction of an accessory building that is less than 10 square metres (107 square feet) in size if there are no health or safety concerns. Permits are not required for painting, decorating, sidewalks, planters, driveways, re-shingling or the construction of a farm-building (see below form for specific requirements for farm buildings).

Energy codes are provincially mandated and are an important component of climate change strategy in Alberta, Canada and globally. All building permit applications must demonstrate compliance with the Alberta Building Code (2014) Section 9.36 or the National Energy Code for Buildings (2011).

A building permit may be issued to the building owner, a contractor or other authorized applicant.

Fire Safety Plan

A fire safety plan establishes minimum requirements that provide a reasonable degree of life safety from fire and similar emergencies. Plans must comply with the Alberta Building Code, Alberta Fire Code and other applicable laws and regulations.

A fire safety plan is required for small buildings, including housing and small building projects, unoccupied building projects, buidings under 600 square metres, structures three storeys or less in height and projects more than $5,000 in value. Individuals can use ready-made templates (Appendices A and B) for small buildings and must submit two copies (one for the client and one for fire department).

A customized fire safety plan is required for demolition projects, buildings over 600 square metres, structures more than three storeys in height and all buildings that will be occupied during construction or renovation. Individuals can use the fire safety guidelines (Appendix C) to develop a fire safety plan, and must submit to the fire department for approval.

A fire safety plan is not needed for projects less than $5,000 such as a utility shed under 10 square metres (108 square feet), re-shingling of a roof, installing eaves troughs, reinstalling or replacing kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing, or erecting a fence.

It is unlawful to start construction, renovation or demolition without a fire safety plan. If you begin without a plan in place, you may be ordered to stop work or remove work already completed, or you may be prosecuted. A safety codes officer reviews projects during key stages of construction to ensure the work site is safe and complies with the Alberta Fire Code. A safety codes officer may visit a site several times depending on the project.

View/download the Fire Safety Plan appendices

Note: Specific requirements must be met for construction of single-family dwellings on lots the fire department is unable to reach within 10 minutes. View/download the High Intensity Residential Fire requirements.

Electrical Permits

An electrical permit is required for the installation, alteration or addition to an electrical system. An electrical permit is not required for communication systems, electrical installations relating to an elevating device, certain extra low voltage Class 2 circuits and replacing fixtures, receptacles or switches if ratings or characteristics of the electrical installation are not modified.

An electrical permit may be issued to a master electrician for any electrical system, to an owner who resides in a single-family dwelling if the electrical system serves that dwelling, or to the owner of a farm building served by a single phase electrical system. An electrical permit may also be issued to a restricted master electrician, rural wireman, sign installation technician, the owner/operator/designate of a power line construction company or the owner/operator of an establishment requiring an annual electrical permit.

View/download electrical permit application

View/download annual electrical permit application

Gas Permits

A gas permit is required for the installation, alteration or addition to a gas system and siting of a propane tank. A gas permit is not required for replacement of appliances in a single-family dwelling where no design change is required to gas piping or venting, gas systems used for motor vehicles, relocation of a gas meter by a gas utility company, propane containers with a capacity of not more than 454 litres or containers manifolded together with an aggregate capacity of not more than 454 litres, or propane containers and installations serving a pump jack, flare stack or oil tank heater at an oilfield site. Gas includes natural or propane gas.

A gas permit may be issued to a gas fitter, a certified sheet metal mechanic to replace a furnace including gas piping downstream of the shutoff valve for the furnace in a single family dwelling, an owner who resides in a single-family dwelling if the gas system services that dwelling or the owner of a farm building if the gas system serves that farm building. A gas permit may also be issued to a person with training specific to the installation of propane tanks or secondary gas lines or the owner/operator of an establishment requiring an annual gas permit.

View/download gas permit application

Plumbing Permits

A plumbing permit is required for the installation, alteration or addition to a plumbing system. A plumbing permit is not required for replacing fixtures, water heaters, faucets, etc., if there is no design change to the plumbing system, installing plumbing fixtures if the roughed-in piping has been completed under another permit, the installation of a water service connecting a building to a municipal or private water supply, the installation of a building sewer or storm sewer outside a building, or installing residential water treatment devices in a single family dwelling.

A plumbing permit may be issued to a plumber, to an owner who resides in a single-family dwelling if the plumbing system services that dwelling or to the owner of a farm building if the plumbing system serves that farm building. A plumbing permit may also be issued to the owner/operator of an establishment requiring an annual plumbing permit.

View/download plumbing permit application

Private Sewage Disposal System Permits

A private sewage disposal system permit is required for the installation, alteration or addition to a private sewage disposal system. A private sewage disposal system permit is not required for the replacement of equipment with a unit of a similar type for the purpose of maintaining the system and does not modify the design of the system.

A private sewage disposal permit may be issued to a certified private sewage installer for any private sewage system, or to a restricted private sewage installer for the installation of a sewage holding tank or to an owner who resides in a single family dwelling if the private sewage disposal system serves that dwelling or the owner of a farm building if the private sewage disposal system serves that farm building.

View/download private sewage disposal system permit application

View Municipal Affairs' private sewage disposal system design templates